A reminder today that New Zealand is a proudly bi-cultural society that has yet to get to grips with adopting multi-culturalism.
This is a country where senior politicians are comfortable with making ‘Asian invasion’ type speeches, yet Asian students are slammed for being un-pc when they make statements about ethnic groups of young males.
The current racism stoush started after Asian students in Auckland raised a stink about getting attacked and beaten up, rather than sitting back and taking it quietly like they’re supposed to do.
Diversionary tactics were needed, stat! How could the reputation managers make this the victims’ fault and not the perps? The NZ Herald dutifully complied:
A post to an Auckland University Facebook page saying “if you see a pack of young Maori/Polynesian males, be prepared to sprint” has sparked criticism for racial profiling.
The post, made on Overheard @ University of Auckland, said: “Asian students are currently being attacked by criminals. Even women are getting violently [beaten] up!
“Cross the street if you see a pack of young Maori/Polynesian males, be prepared to sprint.”
The post acknowledged it was “not politically correct to profile” in Western culture but said “better safe than sorry. Political correctness is not worth brain damage or dying for.”
Responses on the Facebook page have been enlightening to say the least. This one perhaps echoes what many people think in New Zealand (we make no comment as to the correctness of it, PC or otherwise):
People need to understand that ethnic group associations needs to be clarified in both ways. Know your arguments. Example below:
Most terrorists are Muslims (prob true)
Most Muslims are terrorists (false)
Assaults are mostly done by Maori/Pacific people (prob true)
Most Maori/Pacific people are assailants (false)
Most shit drivers are Asians (prob true)
Most Asians are shit drivers (false)
Argument over. Go home everyone.
So there you have it, the NZ Herald has very neatly deflected attention away from the issue of Asian students and made it about racial profiling of the nation’s youth, without considering the profiling which singles out Asians for attack, whether it be from street gangs or politicians.
Multiculturalism has a long way to go in New Zealand, this is the ‘youngest’ country on earth for a reason.
Want to send your kids there to study? Find somewhere else with a more mature social structure.